Berkshire Apprenticeship Service

First ever Berkshire Apprenticeship Awards 2018 an amazing success!

The Berkshire Apprenticeship Awards 2018 was a celebration of the difference apprenticeships are making to businesses across Berkshire. 

The inaugural awards Showcased the amazing achievements of apprentices, employers and training providers across the area.

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Berkshire Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony

22 November 2018, 4-7pm

Businesses, apprentices and training providers from across Berkshire came together at at Legoland Windsor Resort Hotel on 22 November to celebrate the first ever Berkshire Apprenticeship Awards.   

Excellently compered by Awesome Panda, the awards ceremony showcased the invaluable contribution apprenticeships are making to learners, businesses and the local economy.

For a full list of winners and nominees see our categories below!


Award Categories

If you're an apprentice...

Star Achiever Apprentice

 Do you know a star apprentice? Whether it’s someone who has come on leaps and bounds since their start or someone who has always been consistently brilliant, nominate them for our Star Achiever Award!

Our Nominees:

Catherine Burn, Funky Flowers

Erica Deane, PBA, now part of Stantec

Aleena Khan, Arvato UK

Sarah Lipscombe, AWE plc

Likyea Mcguire, Resource Productions

Our Winner:

Erica Deane, PBA, now part of Stantec

Best Young Ambassador Apprentice

We want to recognise the work of an apprentice who has been an outstanding ambassador for apprenticeships. Whether they are part of the Young Apprentice Ambassadors Network (YAAN) or just do so as part of their day-to-day lives, let us know why they deserve to win!

Our Nominees:

Katie Rose Bradbury, Microsoft

Kirsten Fox, Microsoft

George Rowe, Jacobs

Vikas Khan, Arvato UK

Our Winner:

Vikas Khan, Arvato UK

Best Adult Apprentice

Apprenticeships aren’t just for young people. We want to celebrate the achievements of adult apprentices too! We are looking for an apprentice who is 19+ who deserves special  recognition. Whether they are a pre-existing staff member who has decided to upskill or just someone who has come to an apprenticeship later in life, we want your nominations!

Our Nominees:

Matt Buller, CoTrain

Melanie Hind, Sovereign

Kyle Marshall, Jacobs

Erin Wiltshire, TechPulse Group

Our Winner:

Kyle Marshall, Jacobs

If you're an employer...

Best Apprentice Employer (non-levy payer)

We are looking for the best apprentice employer within a smaller company! Whether you are an employer with a great scheme or an apprentice in an amazing workplace, let us know why your company deserves to win.

Our Nominees:


Classico Marble

Resource Productions

The Forbury Group

Our Winner: 

The Forbury Group

Best Apprentice Employer (levy-payer)

We are looking for the best apprentice employer in a larger or corporate company! Whether you are an employer with a great scheme or an apprentice in an amazing workplace, let us know why your company deserves to win.

Our Nominees:

Arvato UK

Bayer plc

Jacobs UK

Kennet School

PBA now part of Stantec

Our Winner:

PBA now part of Stantec

Star Apprentice Manager

We want to celebrate the best apprentice line-managers and supervisors out there in Berkshire. Is your manager a fantastic mentor? Super supportive? Unbelievably patient? Managers can only be nominated by their apprentices, so if you have a manager who deserves to win let us know why!

Our Nominees:

Andrew Gadd, Arvato UK

Ian Patterson, Sovereign 

Tim Smith, Jacobs

Our Winners:

Andrew Gadd, Arvato UK

If you're a training provider...

Best Training Provider

We are looking for the best training provider! Whether you are a provider who knows you’re doing a great job or a company who works with an amazing provider that you feel deserves recognition, get your nominations in! 

Our Nominees:

Alan Hester Associates

AWE plc

Bracknell and Wokingham

West Berkshire Training Consortium

The Windsor Forest Colleges Group

Our Winner:

West Berkshire Training Consortium

Most Innovative Education-Based Apprenticeship Promotion Initiative

From schools to FE colleges, we want to hear about innovative promotion initiatives supporting your students to discover apprenticeships. Submit what you’re doing to champion apprenticeships in your school or college to be in the running for this award!

Our Nominees:

The Downs School

Kennet School

Maiden Erlegh School

Our Winner:

Maiden Erlegh School

Berkshire Apprentice & Employer of the Year


We are so excited about the awards that 8 categories just wasn't enough! So all our winners will be put forward to either win Berkshire Apprentice of the Year or Berkshire Employer of the Year and the winners will be chosen by the chairs of each of our judging panels. 

Our Winners:

Berkshire Apprentice of the Year - Erica Deane,  PBA now part of Stantec 

Berkshire Employer of the Year -  PBA now part of Stantec 

Judging Panels

Apprentices Judging Panel

Keith Guthrie


Head of Business Intelligence


Julie McCallum

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Head of Employee Communications, EMEA 

 CA Technologies a Broadcom company 

Ken Sankey


Business Advisor 

Ken Sankey Associates 'Helping Businesses Succeed' 

Employers Judging Panel

Julian Carter

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Programme Director


Tamsin Jones

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 Customer Experience Director 

 Mars Wrigley Confectionary UK 

Andrew Colley

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Group Editor 

Slough Observer, Newsquest Bucks and Berks

Training Provider Judging Panel

Vanessa Foot CPEA

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Romans Group Culture & Community Manager

The Romans Group

Paul Reilly


Managing Partner

Peter Brett Associates

Dominic Gill


Business Consultant to Microsoft UK

 PPG Consulting 

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